The office of Media and Public Relations provides notification of ongoing Commonwealth Club events to the public and the press and handles media relations. Please find below press releases and articles regarding program developments and significant events, forums, and lectures at the Club.

Founded in 1903, The Commonwealth Club has played host to a broad and distinctive array of speakers, from Teddy Roosevelt in 1911 to Nancy Pelosi in 2010. Just a sampling of other noteworthy guests includes Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Walter Cronkite, Ted Turner, Jane Goodall, Tom Brokaw, Bill Gates, David Brooks, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alec Baldwin, and Reza Aslan, all of whom have delivered landmark speeches here.

For information and for media credentials, contact:
Riki Rafner, Director of Media and Public Relations

Press Releases 

10/18/17: The Commonwealth Club Partners with Michelle Meow on New LGBTQ Programming Initiative

9/10/2017: Commonwealth Club New Headquarters

5/9/17: Winners of 86th Annual California Book Awards Competition Announced 

4/5/17: Finalists for the 86th Annual California Book Awards Competition Announced 

3/6/17: Commonwealth Club Reports Record Number of Sell-out Programs  

3/3/17: The Commonwealth Club of California Celebrates its 29th Annual Distinguished Citizen Gala: "Shaping the Future" 

1/9/17: Richard Rubin Named Commonwealth Club Board Chair 

8/8/16: September Soiree: A Benefit for The Commonwealth Club—Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Judgment of Paris 

7/20/15: Big Solutions for Big Problems: The 2016 August Series at The Commonwealth Club 

5/22/16: The Commonwealth Club of California 28th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Gala

5/22/16: California Book Award Winners

5/22/16: Finalists for the 85th Annual California Book Awards Competition Announced Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6 p.m.

9/2/15: The Commonwealth Club's Inforum Named Best Speaker Series by San Francisco Magazine

8/13/15: Commonwealth Club Presents "Music Matters"

7/22/15: 2015 Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication Bestowed Upon Dr. Chris Field

In the News

2/12/18: Sparks Fly Over Trump, Taxes at Commonwealth Club's Economic Forecast (Politics of Hope)

2/09/18: Magic Theatre's 2018 Gala to Honor John Marx and Toni Rembe Rock (BroadwayWorld San Francisco)

2/08/18: Donna brazile pinta o retrato pessimista de bitcoins comerciais partido democrático em troca de dinheiro (Bitcoin)

2/07/18: Michael Lewis shares chicken salad and comes to like Steve Bannon (The San Francisco Chronicle)

2/07/18: Larry Wilmore, Michael Lewis talk politics in live ‘Black on the Air’ podcast episode (The Daily Californian)

2/07/18: Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas In San Francisco (CBS SF Bay Area)

2/07/18: Sleep well or perish slowly (Rosario3)

2/06/18Unique Valentine's Day Date Ideas In San Francisco (Q102.1)

2/05/18: Commonwealth Club INFORUM Kicks off Black History Month with Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs (Oakland Post)

2/05/18: Why the most innovative people don't use brainstorming meetings

2/01/18: Misperceptions affect US' policies on China (China Daily)

1/29/18: Sparks fly over Trump, taxes at Commonwealth Club’s economic forecast (San Francisco Business Times)

1/29/18: Wireless networks are not as fast, secure, reliable or energy-efficient as wired systems, says new report (HealthCareBusiness Daily News)

1/28/18: The time the VP took on TV (Timesunion)

1/28/18: Wireless Networks Are Not as Fast, Secure, Reliable or Energy-Efficient as Wired Systems, Says New Report (Fox21 Delmarva)

1/27/18Silicon Valley Reads: 1 Night, 2 Authors In Cupertino (San Carlos Patch)

1/26/18: Why Hippie Food Still Matters (KQED Food)


1/25/18: Bill Bradley – Big Money, Lobbyists, and American Politics (Garnerbarro)

1/25/18: Literary guide, Jan. 28 (San Francisco Chronicle)

1/20/18: Jan. 21-23: Stanford Woodwind Quintet, Joshua Trio, King and Faith Forum, Kenneth Broberg, Parker Quartet, St. Vincent, Barry Eisler, Rent, Joyce Carol Oates (San Francisco Examiner)

1/19/18: Condoleezza Rice, Susan Rice To Speak on Campus (Hamilton News)

1/18/18: Mellanox Technologies, Ltd Has Bullish Trade, Jeffrey Smith’s Starboard Value Lp Bought Stake! (Finance News Daily)

1/14/18: Is This Science Hacker a Heroine or a Villain? (The Daily Beast)

1/14/18: Literary guide, Jan. 14 (SF Gate)

1/12/18: S.F. mayor’s race: Plenty to admire in this field (San Francisco Chronicle)

1/11/18: Jan. 11-12: Shine, SF Symphony with Emanuel Ax, Judith Linhares, Markiplier, Michelle Meow, Kevin Simmonds, Alien Intrusion, Mikky Ekko (San Francisco Examiner)

1/11/17: Jane Goodall and Yvon Chouinard (EnvironmentGuru)

1/05/18: Michael Morgan Addresses LGBTQ Programming Initiative (Oakland Post)

1/05/18: How times have changed (The Philippine Star)

1/03/18: A Piece of My Mind: Can we still learn from history? (Los Altos Town Crier)

1/01/18Redecorate Your Life in 2018 (San Francisco Bay Times)

12/29/17: Notable Palo Alto area people who died this year (Palo Alto Online)

12/23/17: Living in Trump's America: Reporter David Cay Johnston at Commonwealth Club 2/1/18 (

12/22/17: The Hoover Library & Archives Year In Review (Public Now)

12/21/17: How Hippie Food Changed the Way We Eat with Jonathan Kauffman (San Francisco Chronicle)

12/21/17: Kiss off the year with comedy at the Firehouse (Pleasanton Weekly)

12/18/17: Pentagon Papers whistle-blower wonders if doomsday scenario has changed (The Record-Bee Opinion)

12/13/17: Pentagon Papers whistle-blower outlines doomsday scenario: “If (Trump) wants a nuclear attack to take place, it will take place” (The East Bay Times)

12/12/17: ‘Giants fever’ and a famous brother — recalling Mayor Lee’s cornball humor (San Francisco Chronicle)

12/12/17: San Francisco's mayor oversaw tax break that helped spark a new tech boom in the city (Yahoo Finance)

12/12/17: Politics: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65 (Eveyo)

12/08/17: John Hart Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who (The Daily Telescope)

12/07/17: Literary guide, Dec. 10 (San Francisco Chronicle)

12/07/17: UC President Janet Napolitano interviews Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky about campus free speech (The Daily Californian)

12/06/17: Michael Krasny in Marin: Oy, Does He Have Jokes for You (San Francisco Bay Times)

12/03/17: Russia probe examining possible obstruction of justice, Feinstein says (SF Gate)

12/03/17: 7 Fun Things: Join a Jellyfish Flash Mob, Go for a Wine Walk Along Fillmore Street + More Can't-Miss Events (7x7)

12/01/17: Kendall & Khloe Discuss Getting A Gun With Kim In This Intense'KUWTK' Clip (Bustle)


11/20/17: Sustainability Studies' First Community Conversation Is On Ending Climate Silence, Dec. 7 (Public Now)

11/29/17: De León’s uphill journey toward a U.S. Senate seat (Capitol Weekly)

11/28/17: Gabrielle Union Is Fed Up (WNYC)

11/28/17: Obama to Meet with World Leaders, Luis Gutiérrez to Retire, and Kamala Harris Targets Revenge Porn (The Beat DC)

11/27/17: Cleveland Rape Crisis Center sees increase in calls (Fox 8 Cleveland)

11/21/17: Donna Brazile: Sexual harassment cannot be tolerated on either political side (The Washington Times)

11/20/17: Jennifer Rubin: It's time to stop the abusers (The Salt Lake Tribune)

11/17/17: UC Berkeley professor helps create viral video to warn about killer robots (ABC 7 News)

11/16/17: Renowned concussion doctor says he found CTE in living NFL player (The Mercury News)

11/16/17: Brazile defends book in SF appearance (The Bay Area Reporter Online)

11/16/17: Renowned concussion doctor says he found CTE in living NFL player (Faribault Daily News)

11/13/17: Essential Politics: Alabama Senate Race Threatens Trump agenda (The San Diego Union- Tribune)

11/12/17: Democrat Sex Scandals Upset Effort to Dump Sen. Diane Feinstein (Red State Talk Radio)

11/11/17: Brazile: ‘My Democratic friends are mad at me’ (The Courier-Tribune)

11/10/17: 'My Democratic friends are mad at me': Donna Brazile explains herself in deep-left San Francisco (Hartford Courant)

11/10/17: Donna Brazile in San Francisco: Nancy Pelosi Should ‘Scoot Over (LongRoom News)

11/09/19: 5 California Things to Know for Today (The Seattle Times)

11/09/17: Donna Brazile paints pessimistic portrait of Democratic Party (East Bay Times)

11/09/17: Donna Brazile speaks at SF Commonwealth Club on book tour (KTVU)

11/09/17: Donna Brazile, in SF talk, hits at Clinton’s loss and Russian hack (SF Gate)

11/09/17: Former Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile to Speak in SF (NBC Bay Area)

11/09/17: Donna Brazile in San Francisco: Democrats like Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi need to 'scoot over' (Washington Examiner

11/09/17: San Francisco Opera presents World Premiere of GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST (BroadwayWorld San Francisco)

11/06/17: The Three Potential Ways Washington is Likely to End its Syrian Adventure (Yerepouni Daily News)

11/04/17: Yes, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Trump can be a 'good president.' There's a lot more to the story (Los Angeles Times)

11/04/17: Sen. Feinstein said Trump can be a 'good president,' but there's more to the story (The San Diego Jewish World)

11/03/17: US energy chief: Fossil fuels may prevent sexual assault (BBC)

11/02/17: Former Yahoo CEO, Equifax CEO to testify at U.S. Senate hearing (News Dog)

11/02/17: Tiga Cara Potensial Washington Untuk Akhiri Petualangannya Di Suriah (ZE Journal)

11/01/17: Former Yahoo CEO, Equifax CEO to testify at U.S. Senate hearing (Reuters)

11/01/17: Age a big factor as younger Dems circle Feinstein (Visalia Times-Delta)

10/29/17: Can a Latino progressive take down Dianne Feinstein? (Salon)

10/29/17: 7 Fun Things: A Roving, Costumed Dance Party + More Can't-Miss Events This Week (7x7)

10/27/17: Can technology drive conservation? Experts discuss in Mongabay tech forum (EnvrionmentGuru)

10/26/17): News Briefs: Events to light up the Castro (The Bay Area Reporter)


10/19/17: Gabrielle Union pours heart into wrenching, humorous debut book (San Francisco Chronicle)

10/19/17: De Leon’s Dilemma: He’s Got to Attack Feinstein (CityWatch)

10/19/17:Literary Guide (San Francisco Chronicle)

10/18/17: Editorial: Dianne Feinstein challenge will be good for voters and democracy, no matter who wins (East Bay Times)

10/18/17: California Senate leader Kevin de León kicks off U.S. Senate campaign in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Times)

10/18/17Richard Branson sounds off on pretty much everything in San Francisco (San Francisco Business Times)

10/18/17: Why voters listened to Trump’s snake-oil promises (San Francisco Chronicle)

10/18/17: Day Around The Bay: People Cheat At Marathons Using Social Media (SFist)

10/17/17: Commonwealth Club Building Preserves ILWU History (Public Now)

10/17/17: Gun control centerpiece of Feinstein re-election bid (Inland News Today)

10/17/17: In California, Feinstein Challenger De León Seen as a Cannabis Progressive (  Politics)

10/17/17: Sen. Dianne Feinstein calls for 'patience' with Trump (One News Page)

10/17/17: De Leon's Dilemma: He's Got to Attack Feinstein (Calbuzz)

10/17/17: Cochran’s illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate (The News-Herald)

10/16/17: Pizarro: San Jose honors Teatro Vision’s founding artistic director ( The Mercury News)

10/16/17: Facing Unrest On The Left, Dianne Feinstein Draws A Primary Opponent (NPR Politics)

10/16/17: Facing Unrest On The Left, Dianne Feinstein Draws A Primary Opponent (TriStates Public Radio)

10/16/17: Leader of California Senate to challenge US Sen. Feinstein (PressFrom)

10/15/17: Architects nail design of San Francisco Art Institute's Fort Mason Campus (San Francisco Chronicle)

10/15/17: Kevin de León announces he'll run against Feinstein for California Senate (CNN)

10/15/17: Leader of California Senate to challenge U.S. Sen. Feinstein (The Spokeman- Review)

10/12/17: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: ‘We can't tolerate Harvey Weinstein-like behavior’ (CNBC)

10/10/17: COLUMN-Is the Fed wary of sub-2 percent Treasury yields?: McGeever (CNBC)

10/10/17: Is the Fed wary of sub-2 percent Treasury yields?: McGeever (

10/09/17: Pacific Coast Pensioners Celebrate 50th Anniversary (International Longshore and Warehouse Union)

10/09/17: Sen. Feinstein’s announcement that she’ll run again gets mixed reception (LMTonline)

10/09/17: ‘I’m all in,’ California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says on re-election bid (McClatchy DC Bureau)

10/08/17: A plan for protecting California’s ancient Indian sites (San Francisco Chronicle)

10/05/17: The mediatization of Ellen Pao destabilizes Silicon Valley (Le Monde Economie)

10/05/17: Ai Weiwei film focuses on suffering of refugees around the world (San Francisco Chronicle)

9/25/17: SFMOMA is contender in national restroom competition (San Francisco Chronicle)

9/24/17: JUSTIN SALTERS: Broaden GOP's appeal? Milo isn't the way to do it (

9/23/17: Marin Voice: A permanent home for ‘rational’ dialogue and debate (Marin Voice)

9/23/17: Facebook’s Frankenstein moment (News Dog)

9/21/17San Francisco and Oakland Sue Fossil Fuel Companies Over Sea Level Rise (TriplePundit)

9/17/17): San Francisco Opera Partners with Cultural Institutions for an Array of Events and Exhibitions (Broadway World San Francisco)

9/06/17: Perch on the City Hall staircase for San Francisco heat relief (San Francisco Chronicle)

9/15/17: Emmys flashback: An oral history of Murphy Brown's 'Birth 101' (Yahoo Entertainment)

8/30/17: Tech industry, Congress are far apart on tax break for cash repatriation, Sen. Feinstein says (CNBC Tech)

8/30/17: Feinstein Stuns San Francisco Crowd: Trump 'can Be A Good President' - Fox News (Wopular)

8/30/17: Feinstein surprises SF crowd by expressing hope for Trump (SF Gate)

8/29/17: Sen. Dianne Feinstein laments that Trump hasn't brought the nation together (Los Angeles Times)

8/29/17: Feinstein: Pardon of Arizona sheriff “a stupid thing to do” (MyNorthwest)

8/29/17: Feinstein Advises Patience for Trump; Democrats Howl ( KQED The California Report)

7/6/17: Al Franken cracks up capacity crowd at Santa Clara University (ABC 7 News) 

6/12/17: Correcting the Record on an American Genocide (Yale GSAS)

5/24/17: Book ‘Ecosystems of California’ wins California Book Award (Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment)

5/17/17: Santa Cruzans among California Book Awards (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

5/12/17: Celebrities are coming to Sacramento for the 2017-18 Speakers Series (The Sacramento Bee)

5/11/17: Jenner recounts life pretransition at SF talk (The Bay Area Reporter)

5/10/17: Caitlyn Jenner removed from the reality of other trans people (San Francisco Chronicle

5/08/17: Congratulations Ben Madley (UCLA Social Science Division)

4/19/17: Mexico's ex-president, in lively speech, calls Trump "a crazy guy" (SF Gate)

4/18/17: Vicente Fox Tees off on Donald Trump (Economic Policy Journal

4/14/17: What Y Combinator chief thinks of Trump, AI and startups (Axios)

4/6/17: Inforum panel talks Trump and LGBT rights (The Bay Area Reporter